‘Friends’ Director on Why Matthew Perry Made the ‘Perfect’ Chandler Bing: ‘He Was Inventive’
2024/02/02

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James Burrows, the director of Friends, has described Matthew Perry as an "inventive" and "funny" actor and comedian. Burrows directed the pilot episode of the popular sitcom and noted that Perry brought a certain comedic spark to his character of Chandler Bing. He described Perry as being "inventive" with his line delivery and praised his ability to use facial expressions to convey emotion. Burrows fondly remembered one of his favorite episodes with Perry, "The One with the Blackout," in which Chandler gets stuck in an ATM vestibule with a model. Despite his success, Burrows expressed sadness over Perry's death and said that he hoped he would be remembered as a talented actor, a funny man, and a dear friend. Perry was found dead at his home in Los Angeles on Saturday at the age of 54. His Friends co-stars released a statement expressing their devastation and describing themselves as a family. Series co-creators and executive producers also paid tribute to Perry, calling him a brilliant talent.

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